The DFB-Pokal is the principal cup competition in German soccer. It was launched in 1935, which makes it 28 years older than the Bundesliga. The final has been held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin every season since 1985.
The 2022/23 edition of the DFB-Pokal will begin on July 29 and will conclude with the final on June 3. Sixty-four teams will enter the competition, including all 18 Bundesliga clubs.
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The odds for the winner of the DFB-Pokal 2022/23 are similar to those for the Bundesliga title. A top-flight team will almost certainly win the tournament, and it stands to reason that the biggest clubs in the division have a better chance than most.
Because this is a knockout competition, it is easier to envisage Bayern Munich not triumphing than it is over the course of a 34-game league season. Yet the Bavarians have dominated the DFB-Pokal throughout its history, and they will fancy their chances of coming out on top this term.
Borussia Dortmund are the second-favorites. They have won the DFB-Pokal just three times since the turn of the century, a record they will be looking to improve upon. RB Leipzig will be a force again and Bayer Leverkusen, the runners-up in 2020, will expect to be there or thereabouts.
As far as outsiders go, the sportsbooks reckon Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach, Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg have an equal chance of success. Be sure to check back here throughout the season as the odds shift in line with results.
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RB Leipzig won the DFB-Pokal in the 2021/22 campaign, overcoming Borussia Dortmund in the final. It was the first time Leipzig had got their hands on the trophy, having finished as runners-up in 2019 and 2021.
Leipzig beat Sandhausen, Babelsberg, Hansa Rostock, Hannover and Union Berlin to reach the final, where they defeated Freiburg 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Leipzig had two players sent off but still managed to see off their opponents.
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The DFB-Pokal is third on the list of priorities for major German sides, behind the Bundesliga and the Champions League (or other European competition).That said, its history and prestige means it is still a prize that every club hopes to win at the start of each season. RB Leipzig were certainly delighted to lift the trophy for the first time in 2021/22.
The DFB-Pokal, or the DFB Cup, is the equivalent of the FA Cup in England. ‘DFB’ stands for Deutscher Fussball-Bund, which is the German Football Association. The competition was called the Tschammer-Pokal until 1943.
Sixty-four teams participate in the DFB-Pokal each year. Unlike the FA Cup in England and the Copa del Rey in Spain, all 18 Bundesliga clubs enter the DFB-Pokal in the first round. There is seeding, however, which prevents two top-flight sides facing each other at this early stage of the tournament.Seeding is also present in the second round to keep Bundesliga teams apart. Thereafter, there is an unseeded draw all the way to the final. All six rounds, including the final, are one-legged matches. In the event of a tie, 30 minutes of extra time is played. If the teams still cannot be separated, a penalty shoot-out ensues.
As the DFB’s official website explains: “The DFB-Pokal trophy is 54 centimeters tall, weighs 6.25 kilograms and has been crafted using gold-plated sterling silver, 210 grams of pure gold as well as 12 tourmalines, 12 rock crystals and 18 nephrites.”
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the DFB-Pokal on ESPN+.
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